Calgary Flames, Progression and Predictions for 2014-15

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Oct 6, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Is Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley coaching a team that will climb or fall down the NHL standings this season? Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames finished 2013-14 in 13th place in the Western Conference.  The only Western team they finished ahead was our Alberta rival, Edmonton Oilers.  Looking at the NHL as a whole, the only other teams the Calgary Flames finished better than last season were the Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres.

What lays ahead in 2014-15 for Calgary Flames?  Are the Calgary Flames a team that will shock many folks and make the playoffs?  Is a modest improvement over last season a fair assessment?  Or are the Calgary Flames simply fodder for the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes?  Let’s investigate!